Insight e-bulletin - September 2018

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Insight e-bulletin — August 2018

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2016-based Household Projections

Source: Office for National Statistics

The ONS published 2016-based household projections earlier this month. These projections are based on the population projections reported in May 2018. In line with previous projections, it illustrates Coventry's growing need for housing. Details are as follows:

  • There were 140,000 households in Coventry in 2016. This is estimated to rise to 145,000 in 2018.
  • The number of households is expected to increase by approximately 2,000 on average per year between 2016 and 2021.
  • In terms of average household size, it is expected to grow from 2.46 in 2016 to 2.47 in 2021.

See the Local Plan to find out how Coventry is responding to this need.

Childhood Vaccinations 2017-18

Source: NHS; NHS Digital

NHS Digital provides statistics on the coverage of childhood vaccinations which has been used in this report to discuss the data in Coventry and how it compares to data in the West Midlands region and England. 

  • During 2017/2018, neither England (90.1%), the West Midlands region (89.2%) nor Coventry (83.7%) met the 95% immunisation target for the rotavirus vaccination provided to 1 year old infants. The rotavirus vaccine has reduced incidence by 69% since its introduction in 2013. 
  • In 2018, 94.1% of Coventry’s eligible 1-2 year olds received the Dtap/IPV/Hib vaccination compared to the 98.4% in 2014. This is a 6-in-1 vaccine protecting against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Haemophilus influenza type b and hepatitis B. A common misconception is that multiple vaccinations delivered simultaneously can overwhelm a baby’s immune system, however no research has been linked to this.
  • There has been a noticeable downward trend in the number of most vaccinations administered within Coventry, the West Midlands region and England. This means WHO’s target of 95% target has not been consistently met. Not reaching the 95% target can have adverse consequences for the incidence of infectious disease

The vaccination planner, as designed by the NHS, provides a comprehensive guide to determine when your child may need a specific vaccination.

WHO defines immunisation as the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine.

Suicides in Coventry 2017

Source: Office for National Statistics

10 September was World Suicide Prevention Day. Tying in with the awareness day, ONS published data on suicide to better understand who is at risk and how best to provide prevention support. 2017 figures are as follows:

  • There were 36 deaths recorded in Coventry, making it the highest count in the last six years. There were 500 in the West Midlands region, and 4,451 across England.
  • By age-standardised rates, Coventry has an aggregated rate of 8.8 per 100,000 population in 2015-2017. This is statistically similar to that of West Midlands region and England.

Overall, England's number and rate of suicide has decreased for the third consecutive year. The decrease has mainly occurred in men, but they still account for three quarters of recorded deaths. For more context, please see the ONS blog.

In Coventry, the Council is a partner to the 'It Takes Balls to Talk' campaign. By attending sporting events, the campaign aims to reach out to fans to encourage them to look after their mental well-being.

ONS defines suicide as deaths given an underlying cause of intentional self-harm, or injury or poisoning of undetermined intent. The figures above only reflect deaths for persons aged 10 years and over.

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